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Masala Vadai | Paruppu Vadai | Lentil Fritters

Masala Vadai
Masala Vadai is a South Indian Snacks usually accompanied with Tea or payasam.  In my native place, we get vadai paruppu for making this masala vadai. It resembles more like chana dal. As I am fed up of searching this vadai paruppu in Bay area, I replaced it with Chana Dal. This is an irresistable snacks and you can't stop with one or two. My mom usually prepares this for evening snacks . Please check below for step by step instructions and pictures for preparing South Indian Masala Vadai.

Soak Time: 1 hour
Preparation Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins 
Ready In:  1 hour 30 mins 
Yields: 15 
Masala Vadai | Paruppu Vadai

Table 1:
Channa Dal / Kadalai paruppu
1 tbsp
For Deep Frying
Finely chopped onion
2 tbsp
Finely chopped Curry leaves 
Finely chopped Coriander leaves
5 sticks

Table 2: To Grind
Channa Dal / Kadalai paruppu 
1/2 cup - 1 tbsp
Ginger chopped
1 tbsp
Garlic chopped
1 tbsp
Cumin seeds
1 tsp
Fennel seeds
1 tsp
Green chillies

  • Wash and soak 1/2 Cup Channa dal for 1 hour. Drain excess water. Take 1 tbsp of  soaked channa dal  and keep it separate.Grind remaining channa dal, ginger, garlic, cumin seeds,  fennel seeds, green chillies  and salt coarsely without adding water. 
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  • To the ground mixture, add 1 tbsp soaked channa dal, onions, finely chopped curry leaves and coriander leaves.  
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  • Make balls of 2 inch diameter. Flatten balls with your hand and carefully drop in oil. You can also skip preparing balls  and take a small portion of dough., flatten it using your finger and drop directly in oil
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  • Deep fry it in medium flame till shh sound resides.Flip on the other side. Cook until it turns golden brown on both sides.
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  • Drain the excess oil by placing in paper towel.
Masala Vadai | Paruppu Vadai | Lentil Fritters
Masala Vadai | Paruppu Vadai | Lentil Fritters

Adjust chillies to your taste.
If you are preparing the vadai as a offering to God, avoid onions and garlic.
Masala Vada  / Masala  Vadai  / Paruppu Vadai / Paruppu Vada / Chana dal Vada


  1. Masal vadas look so crisp and perfectly made :) been a while since I visited you :) hope u are doing good


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